Faith in America Persuasive Essay

Faith in America
A discussion about the importance of having the freedom to enjoy religious autonomy.
# 147467 | 972 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2011 in Political Science (U.S.) , Law (Constitution) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper discusses the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights which confirms the right to freedom of religion to all Americans. The paper explains and analyzes why the First Amendment is so critical to securing the freedom, liberty and independence of American citizens. The paper concludes that religious freedom is the first and foremost reason why the United States of America stands out as a bright beacon of hope to the people of the world.

From the Paper:

''Prejudice in America because of religion is a current hot topic that comes up time and again after unfortunate events. September 11, 2001 will forever be remembered in America as a terrorist attack. The terrorists were of Muslim beliefs and countless Americans are now pointing fingers at innocent Muslim Americans. The exponential rise in filed charges and lawsuits on the basis of Muslim discrimination has been monitored by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in the "Z" Report totaling 1,593 charges from September of 2001 to April of 2004. In a country where the basis was religious freedom, the numbers are outrageous. George Washington wanted "The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support." Never were the intentions of the founding fathers for Americans to hold grudges against its own people for their beliefs for the pilgrims themselves left Europe to flee persecution.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Areiens, Michael S., and Robert A. Destro. Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2002.
  • Boller, Paul F. George Washington and Religion. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1963.
  • Holmes, David L. The Faiths of the Founding Fathers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Waldman, Steven. Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America. New York: Random House, 2008.
  • Wilson, John. "The Status of 'Civil Religion' in America," in The Religion of the Republic, ed. Elwyn A Smith. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1971.

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